Microsoft researching realistic avatars

Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 01:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft staff have demonstrated an early prototype of a realistic avatar created using Kinect’s facial mesh and mapping abilities. See it in action through the break.

Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, said the new system could achieve near photo quality, and could even be extended to the whole body.

“There’s no reason that we couldn’t do that in real time by feeding the information that we get from a Kinect sensor, including its audio input and its 3D modelling spatial representation, and couple that to the body and the gesture recognition in order to create a full body avatar that has photorealistic features and full facial recognition,” he said.

“This is obviously still research work, so it’ll be some time before it shows up in products,” he added.

You can catch the demo yourself below, courtesy of USA Today.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Xuchilbara

    This is a bad idea… Unless they are going to ban or suspend every immature person with a dick or ass avatar. They should pass this up.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    @1, its going to reading a face…the kinect right now knows where your face is…

    Anyways…good idea until you have idiots exploiting it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Xuchilbara

    @2 – “anyways…good idea until you have idiots exploiting it.” See the second sentance of my first comment.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bloodyghost

    @3 Well thats not going to happen but there is ways that this could tie into basing looks off a realistic you avatar and can cause problems for cyber bullying from seeing how a big preen population is on Xbox Live.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Rosseu

    great! where’s the ps3 version?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Zurtech

    Might sound odd, but doesn’t a photo realistic avatar kinda take out the fun from having a silly cartoon one?

    Just personally I know ‘d not be playin any game with a realistic me in it cos I got one in real life. If any of that made sense.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Rosseu

    yeah and what about people who aren’t pretty what will they do?

    #7 4 years ago
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    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Balaclava time!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. woodyrulesok

    There’s something odd about that video. He says the speech is input as text and the software animates the head but the texture on the mesh is animated too. It must have been pre-recorded with the guy saying the same thing.

    #10 4 years ago

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